FRIDAY, JUNE 25
Then King David went in and sat before the LORD and said,
“Who am I, O Lord GOD, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?”
2 Samuel 7:18 (ESV)
THE LEADERSHIP OF A FATHER: HUMILITY
Glad Tidings ran the story of Doctor James Simpson, the man who discovered that chloroform could be used to render people insensible to the pain of surgery. This discovery made it possible for people in the late 1800’s and many years beyond to go through the most dangerous operations without pain and suffering during the procedure.
Once during a lecture at the University of Edinburgh, Dr. Simpson was asked by one of his students, “What do you consider to be the most valuable discovery of your lifetime?” To the surprise of his students, who had expected him to refer to chloroform, Dr. Simpson replied, “My most valuable discovery was when I discovered myself a sinner and that Jesus Christ was my Savior.”
King David understood that it wasn’t about him. David asks in 2 Samuel 7:18, “Who am I, O Lord…that you have brought me thus far?” David was able to remain humble because even though he had incredible success as a King, he realized he would be nothing without God’s help.
A Christian father lives by the instruction of Colossians 3:12, “…as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. James 4:10 says, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.” “Humility” as it is used here means to have the correct estimate of ourselves. This involves the confession of sin and deep realization of our unworthiness to receive God’s grace.
Thank God for showing you that you were a sinner and that He wanted to be your Savior. Thank God for seeing all of your good and all of your bad and still loving you unconditionally.